In one the cases, Amina Miiro, a disabled widow was thrown out of her land on the orders of the chief magistrates court without being given a chance to defend herself. Amina, a resident of Kabale in Isingiro district narrated her ordeal to the principal judge prompting him to ask the resident judge Duncan Gaswaga to take action.
Justice Bamwine's call was in response to concerns raised by members of the public stating that Persons with Disabilities have not been accorded due consideration by the courts. John Besiga, the western regional chairperson for the disability council said that they have on several occasions not been helped by the judicial system when Persons with Disabilities are offended.
In one the cases, Amina Miiro, a disabled widow was thrown out of her land on the orders of the chief magistrate's court without being given a chance to defend herself. Amina, a resident of Kabale in Isingiro district narrated her ordeal to the principal judge prompting him to ask the resident judge Duncan Gaswaga to take action.
The Principal Judge observed a need for urgent action to be taken by the Judicial Officers to ensure that Persons with Disabilities are helped quickly and not put at the same footing with able-bodied people.
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Justice Bamwine was speaking at the court open day session for Mbarara High Court Circuit covering the districts of Mbarara, Ntungamo, Ibanda, Kiruhura, Sheema, Buhweju, Rubirizi, Mitooma and Bushenyi. The session was held at Boma grounds in Mbarara municipality on Thursday.
Court open days provide a chance for interaction between members of the public and organs that fall under the Justice Law and Order Sector - JLOS, such as police, prisons, Human rights and the judiciary.
Justice Bamwine also expressed dismay that breastfeeding mothers with pending cases have not been helped either. He says that he was surprised to find a breastfeeding mother who was handed a 6-month sentence for assault yet there were other forms of punishment that would have been utilized.
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Duncan Gaswaga, the senior resident judge for Mbarara said that his office was working towards ensuring that all people have equal access to justice. He acknowledges the fact that there were some challenges that delayed justice promising to have them addressed.